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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

Cell images showing SARS-CoV-2 spike protein-encoding RNA present in the tissues of long COVID patients

Imaging Study Reveals Viral RNA Persists for Years in Tissues of Long COVID Patients

PET imaging reveals long COVID patients can possess leftover SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the gut years after infection. The findings add to mounting evidence that viral persistence and sustained immune activation are key factors underpinning long COVID.
Dr. Hui Jiang.
Industry Insight

Forging a Career in a Male-Dominated Field With Dr. Hui Jiang

In this interview, Dr. Hui Jiang explores her inspirations and achievements and gives advice to women starting a career in the science industry.
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Humpback Whales Were Happier at the Height of the COVID Pandemic

Researchers have discovered that migrating humpback whales off Australia’s east coast became less stressed over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A white mouse held in a gloved hand.

Researchers Create First Mouse Model With a Functioning Human Immune System

A breakthrough for biomedical research promises new insight into immunotherapy development and disease modeling.
A pill with a molecular structure.

Repurposed Cancer Drug May Help Prevent Damage From COVID-19 Infection

A new study has shown that a repurposed cancer drug can suppress a molecule that promotes lung inflammation during COVID-19 infection.
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Mobile Phone Data Could Help Prevent Future Superbug Outbreaks

Combining a pathogen's genomic DNA with human travel patterns from anonymized mobile phone data provides a new way to prevent superbug outbreaks.
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Childhood Obesity Doubles the Risk of Hospitalization for Dengue Virus Infection

Obesity in children is associated with double the risk of hospitalization for dengue virus infection, according to a study yesterday in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
A medical professional prepares to administer a vaccination.

Vaccination Associated With Reduced Memory Loss From COVID-19 Infection

According to a study, prior vaccination is linked to reduced inflammation of the brain and less of an impact on memory and brain function following COVID-19 infection.


Hybrid Antibody Developed With Improved Immune Activation

Researchers at Lund University have designed a hybrid antibody that better stimulates the immune system against both the SARS-CoV-2 virus and streptococcal bacteria.
A pregnant woman.

Babies’ Brains Impacted by Mother’s Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic

The research from Children’s National Hospital provides mounting evidence that children of the pandemic, even those far too young to understand it, need ongoing assessments of developmental or mental health support later in life.